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Trump campaign will hold a “closeted” LGBTQ Pride rally in Pennsylvania tomorrow

Clip from a "Trump Pride" announcement
Clip from a "Trump Pride" announcement Photo: Screenshot/Twitter

The Trump campaign continues their attempt to woo LGBTQ voters by announcing it will hold a “Trump Pride” rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, October 13 – National Herpes Awareness Day.

But according to a copy of the invite shared on Twitter, neither the words “gay” nor “LGBTQ” appears in the announcement.

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Lara Trump and former ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell will host the event according to an announcement shared by Michelangelo Signorile.

“Look at this closeted event,” Signorile tweeted with the screenshot, “in which neither ‘gay’ nor ‘LGBTQ’ is mentioned, Trump himself is not involved, and the whole thing is in code: ‘Pride’ in rainbow letters.”

“They’ve not announced this anywhere, lest the religious right find out,” he continued. “Meanwhile, they’re trying to put a woman on the Supreme Court who will destroy marriage equality.”

Confirmation hearings will start tomorrow for Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Barrett has an impeccably anti-LGBTQ record, and her confirmation to the Court will cement its right-wing bias for years to come.

Among the issues facing the Court are a number related to marriage equality, more specifically attempts by religious conservatives to refuse services to same-sex couples. But the stakes seemed to be raised considerably higher last week when Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas said that they were gunning for our right to marry.

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